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23 January 2018

Two high-achieving engineering graduates, Nicholas Sterkenburg and Kaitlyn Lyons have been awarded the prestigious Kindler Medal.

Both recipients exhibited a distinguished record of achievement, demonstrated leadership and performance, as well as student and community engagement throughout the whole of the degree program. They participated in professional development and networking events, were mentored by an academic in their field, and spent time volunteering as part of their studies.

About the award

QUT awards the Kindler medal to outstanding engineering students who will carry on the Kindler legacy of engineering leadership left by John Ernest Kindler, who was dedicated to advancing the engineering profession. John Ernest Kindler (1906-1968) was a civil engineer and pivotal in advancing engineering education in Queensland. In 1965 he helped found the Queensland Institute of Technology, which is today QUT. Since 1974, the annual medal has been awarded to outstanding engineering students who carry on John Kindler's legacy of engineering leadership.

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Recognising excellence

During her studies, Kaitlyn took part in the Engineers Without Borders program in India to gain a better understanding of community development, focusing on solutions for empowering women in local communities. She is now an Electronics Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Airforce and is a strong advocate for women in male-dominated fields.

Nicholas is the President of the Deans Scholars Alumni Chapter. He was also selected to join the QUT Elite Athlete program for his consistent national level competition in swimming while maintaining outstanding academic excellence throughout his degree. He has recently been offered an Analyst position at Deloitte Digital based on his high performance during the QUT Vacation Research Experience Scheme.

The Kindler Medal is awarded annually to a graduating engineering student of the Science and Engineering Faculty’s Dean’s Scholars program who:

  • has achieved a minimum grade point average of 6.5,
  • have enrolled at QUT for the equivalent of at least two years of full-time study,
  • shown exceptional academic promise at the time of the award, 
  • exhibits a distinguished record of achievement; demonstrated leadership and performance, as well as
  • student and community engagement throughout the whole of the degree program.
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Pictured: 2018 Kindler Medallists Nicholas Sterkenburg and Kaitlyn Lyons with QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Executive Dean, Professor Gordon Wyeth.

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